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New family room theme this year!


Everyone who knows me, knows that I quite regularly engage in craft projects, or redecorating when I am trying to procrastinate. There is a term for that… procraftinating…I found it on Pinterest when I was avoiding doing work 🙂

So I have managed to avoid work a few nights lately because I decided to change up our family room this season. I just love the trendy black and red decor that is everywhere this year. I learned that it is called Buffalo Plaid. This is the picture I started with for inspiration.

I started by going to fabricland and I bought some plaid fabric and a black and red checkered pattern.

I used the thicker plaid fabric to sew a table runner. I just sewed the rectangle, and did a blanket stitch around the edges.

And I used the checkered material to make some heart ornaments.

Then, I used a few of the fabric scraps to make checkered bows to add to the tree. I dug up all of the rustic, and red or brown ornaments I could find for the tree. Here is a pic of our family room buffalo plaid themed tree.

It’s probably not the best picture of the tree skirt, but I also bought a panel from fabricland that had a tree skirt. I cut it out and finished the edges with a blanket stitch, and I also sewed the stockings -you can see them in the photo with the fireplace.

Here is a closer shot of a few of the ornaments….

And here are some other pics of around our kitchen and family room…. I love the black and red with our new table.

I ended up using the table runner I made on the desk. I got tired of taking it off and on the table every time we ate.

Here are a couple pics of the whole room…. and yes, it totally always looks this neat! (No, it doesn’t.)

I think I might stick with this theme for a couple years! Although, the week after Christmas is when I tend to buy most decorations. I have them sorted by colour, and sometimes I will just move the decorations and colours to a different room.

If I have time, I’ll post some pics of our hallway tree, which is gold and silver theme; our upstairs tree, which has a Santa and snow globe theme; and our dining room, which is a work in progress.

Also, I have a couple quick and easy non-baking food ideas to share. Sam has decided that she needs to have a gift for everyone in her program this year…so we are doing an assembly line sometime this weekend 🙂

Got any old magazines or books laying around?


Once again, I have to credit Pinterest for this idea…and I swear I have tried to find the website where I found it originally, but I can’t find it…
Anyways, when I tried this out at school, the kids were instantly interested and wanted to know how to make them. These are perfect to make out of magazines or catalogs!
All you need is an old magazine…that’s it…oh, and a little bit of free time, which I apparently have tonnes of! It’s funny how it works, but the more I have to do, the more creative I am!

You start at the back of the magazine, and fold the top corner over so it meets the inside fold…

Then, fold it over again…

close the magazine and fold up the bottom…

Then, repeat and repeat until you have folded the entire magazine..

Then it will look like this…



As you can kind of tell in the photo, I tried with a few different kinds of paper. I made a couple out of Archie Comics, magazines, paperback books that were falling apart, magazines, even scholastic flyers… The kids at home and at school loved doing this, I even had the Brownies make them to decorate our float at the parade next weekend…wait to see what we are going to do! We are making two christmas trees out of water bottles and recycled paper, and a garland out of pop cans. I also ordered a huge number of glow sticks on-line! I’ll take lots of pictures!